Our Year 6 Open Evening was very well attended and both students and staff enjoyed the buzz of showing off all the excellent work that goes on in our school to primary parents looking for the best place for their child to undertake their secondary education.

For our students, many of the activities were the norm: the animals in Science and around the school are part of on-going lessons and celebrations like Pet Week; the lively activities, such as face-painting, murder mystery and dressing up, are a regular part of our Focus Week programme; the musical performers show off their talents in formal orchestral shows or our ‘Summer Sizzler’ Glastonbury-style night; and our dramatists showcased their work as they headed into ‘Wind in the Willows’ auditions.

The evening was very much about painting a picture of what the school is really like so that children and parents could think about whether that picture suited what they were looking for.

Lottie Hearn, Assistant Headteacher and co-ordinator of our primary transition work, said: “It was great to welcome parents from Lichfield and the wider area as we are fortunate to take children from a wide area – often beyond our immediate – catchment and we appreciated the wonderful feedback about our students from the visitors. They thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the overall impression was that the Year 6 children did too.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “My Open Evening is usually based around speaking in the theatre so I miss going around the school, but I do know what goes on is very much what I see day-to-day, so I am lucky enough to catch up with it whenever I want. We have enjoyed taking parents around this week who wanted to see the school during a ‘normal day and hopefully parents can be better informed on their decision from having seen what we have to offer.”